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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 11 December 2000]: The Department does not hold the information in the format requested. The sums expended on Commercial and HMSO publications can be identified for the years requested and are shown in the table. These sums include those for on-Vote Agencies but do not include off-Vote Trading Funds or staff costs.
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Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training facilities in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) British bases overseas are being used by members of the Colombian armed forces. 
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases have been reviewed by the Independent Monitor of Entry Clearance Refusals in each month of the current year to date. 
Mr. Vaz: The Independent Monitor reviews each year a random sample of eligible entry clearance refusals. He or she decides when to do this. Dame Elizabeth Anson reviewed 1,800 refusal decisions from 1999 for her last report, dated 28 June 2000. A report by the new Independent Monitor, Rabinder Singh, covering refusals in 2000, will be laid before Parliament by the end of 2001.
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Russian Government concerning the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg in 1945. 
Mr. Vaz: Sweden set up a bilateral Commission with Russia to look at all available evidence regarding the disappearance in 1945, of the Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg. This commission is due to issue a joint conclusion in Stockholm in January 2001. We await this conclusion with interest but have not participated in the investigation.
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(a) were invited to participate and (b) submitted entries to his Department's competition entitled "My Vision of Europe". 
Mr. Vaz: We issued an open invitation to all of the UK's primary schools to enter the competition. We received winning entries for eight regions from the co-sponsor Time Group Ltd., from which the panel of judges selected the national winner.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) schools on his Department's competition entitled "What Europe Means to Me". 
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent (a) by his Department and (b) by schools on his Department's competition entitled "My Vision of Europe". 
Mr. Vaz: We estimate that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will spend approximately £6,000 on this competition once all bills are in. This covers the cost of the awards ceremony on 30 October, and the transport costs of the schools that submitted the winning entries. Some London schools attending the ceremony carried their own costs.
Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council regarding the situation in Chechnya. 
Mr. Vaz: The OSCE Ministerial Council, held in Vienna on 27-28 November, did not reach consensus on a Declaration, due in part to differences over the draft language on Chechnya. The Austrian Chair-in-Office issued a statement on her own authority. On Chechnya she noted that a political solution to the conflict was essential, that Ministers had requested Russian support for the immediate return of the OSCE Assistance Group, and called for independent investigation and prosecution of alleged human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law.
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Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the "Your Britain, Your Europe" roadshow will visit Northern Ireland; which locations it will visit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Vaz: The new offices will be in Jallandhar and Ahmedabad in India; Sylhet in Bangladesh; and Lahore in Pakistan. We continue to discuss with the Governments of the countries the details of the proposed operations. We need their agreement before we can proceed any further.
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(4) For the purposes of this calculation, EU21 includes Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia and Cyprus. EU27 then adds Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Malta. Of course other scenarios for enlargement are equally possible
Under the Nice agreement, the voting system will be supplemented by a population safeguard. When a decision is to be adopted by the Council by a qualified majority, a member of the Council may request verification that the member states constituting the majority represent at least 62 per cent. of the total population of the Union. If this condition is not met, the decision in question shall not be adopted.
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